Internet of Things Waterloo meetup - April 27th 6:00pm

Apr 27, 2017 · Waterloo, Canada

Bjorn Dawson 
co-founder and CEO - Grobo 

Grobo is a technology company that designs beautiful and easy-to-use home plant growing systems. Bjorn is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for growing plants and has a background in Mechanical Engineering.

When not in his garden, Bjorn can be found reading, traveling, or hardware hacking.

Grobo was created to seamlessly merge the latest growing technologies, making it easy for everyone to achieve quick and high yield grows. Grobo is based out of Waterloo.


Uche Onuora
Co-Founder at HITCH

HITCH – an enhanced smart wireless mesh router that enables communities automatically build, operate, and sustain self-contained Internet platforms; accelerating sustainable broadband in emerging markets. HITCH is a smart hardware product (a WiFi router – with embedded storage, processing, and solar/battery capacity) AND software service (proprietary algorithms running on each router), that (connecting to other HITCH routers) forms local decentralized cloud platforms for storing, sharing, and updating Internet Content, Services, and Applications.

Each user’s smart router automatically interconnects with neighboring users’ routers to form wireless community networks. These community broadband platforms enable connections from users with any WiFi-enabled device; to access videos, talk/chat with each other, or use other relevant apps, with or without Internet connectivity.

About our sponsors

ESCRYPT — Embedded Security is the leading system provider for embedded security worldwide. With locations in Germany, the UK, Sweden, the USA, Canada, China, Korea, and Japan, ESCRYPT has security specialists available to help with current security topics such as secure M2M communication, IT security in the Internet of Things (IoT), protection of e-business models, and automotive security. ESCRYPT develops highly secure products and solutions which are tailored to the specific requirements of embedded systems and the relevant IT infrastructure. ESCRYPT solutions have been tested and proven in over a million installations in automotive series production.

ESCRYPT recently purchased local Waterloo technology company TrustPoint Innovation Technologies. TrustPoint Innovation develops innovative products and solutions to address the security needs for the IoT and M2M communication markets including connected cars, smart cities, and critical infrastructure applications. This acquisition increases ESCRYPT’s capabilities in IoT security solutions in addition to establishing a strong North American presence. ESCRYPT will continue to build its team in Waterloo and is currently looking for embedded systems developers and security specialists.

ESCRYPT is a subsidiary of ETAS GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group.
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IEEE Young Professionals - The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is a professional organization, which provides the latest technical knowledge for its members through conferences, journals, workshops, and continued education, for the advancement of technology for humanity. With more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society.

The IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of innovative members and volunteers. Members of this community are interested in elevating their professional image, expanding their global network, connecting with peers locally and giving back to the community.

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  • Internet of Things Waterloo Region

    IoT Waterloo is a peer to peer network group, a ready-made community for absorbing best practices and learning from the collective experience of over 2,000+ members. IoT Waterloo hosts quarterly events featuring presentations from leading IoT industry professionals. The peer to peer group has expanded to include a chapter in the Greater Toronto Area. IoT GTA is a strategic partnering chapter allowing for the cross-pollination of Ontario’s first distributed IoT peer to peer network. A connection into the Te

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